Matt Foster

Matt is an educational creator who helps people discover new perspectives. He is a writer, business owner, certified teacher, certified principal, and vlogging sailor. He is the founder and a managing member of several educational companies and brands including the popular leadership chat #822chat, TeamTom Education LLC, and Principals' Seminar.

The Good and Bad of Ruts

Everything we know about learning suggests that there’s a cadence between routine incremental knowledge refinement and the breakout of new conceptual awareness. Knowledge Refinement. So when...

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Ostentation as a Requisite for Modern Work?

In a recent article (link below) from The Economist, the headline states: The rise of performative work It’s not what you do. It’s how ostentatiously you...

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Where the American Dream Goes Wrong

Hoping you have a great 2022! Here’s a simple opinion post. Where the American Dream Goes Wrong The Dream = Happiness in Things: College Education, Gain...

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Starting Over is Smart

Imagine climbing a mountain your whole life only to make it 2/3 of the way up at the age of 70. You look up and notice...

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Where in the World is the Mafost Blog?

On sabbatical. It’s a part of a planned half-time. If you haven’t planned your half-times (learn about it here), I highly recommend it. Not just for...

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Ditch That Textbook, A Failed Hoax

Look, it sounded great back in 2005 and 2010 to ditch that textbook. Folks made good money off of the idea and there are good reasons...

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Anchor, Focus, and Align

My friends over in the Principals Masterclass (TJ Vari and Joseph Jones) taught an invaluable lesson on communicating with candor. In that lesson, they gave three...

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I’m Not A Cat, The Second Story

The I’m Not a Cat Zoom call is so relatable. It, in some shape, has happened to each of us. And the lessons are many. Regardless...

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Story Telling

You have a story. Your team has a story. Your organization has a story. You are uniquely positioned to tell that story and craft that narrative....

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The Case for Curiosity

If you have a strong desire to know something, it’s much like any other strong desire humans have – the desire to eat, to drink, to...

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9 Quotes About Discovery

Yesterday’s post with the quote from da Vinci inspired today’s post about discover. Sometimes the best moments, and the best learning, happen as discoveries. So here...

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Sometimes Learning is Painful, A Quote from da Vinci

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci It’s true. Just like an hour of play, learning doesn’t wear us down. It invigorates, it energizes, and...

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When the Wind Blows

When the wind blows, like really blows, and you’re in a boat, you have two options – go back in or head out away land. Option...

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When Holding Back is a Mistake

Sometimes it’s timidity, sometimes fear. Occasionally it’s lack of skill, and usually it’s just trying to be nice – trying to maintain relationships. Because relationships matter,...

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Masterclass Is Now Open!

This is a limited seating professional learning opportunity. It’s a Masterclass from Principals’ Seminar featuring authors, superintendents, and educational leaders TJ Vari and Joseph Jones. You...

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